What You Can Do
The I Love the Planet is a non-profit and non-government organization that plans on working on identifying the most ecologically and biologically significant areas in the seas and oceans using their own eco-sailboat (see the I Love The Planet Eco-Sailboat project). We want to explore the marine ecosystems directly and in person, with our own independent sea analyses, scuba diving, and direct sea research, thereby, monitoring the marine ecosystems of the whole planet.
Many people don’t realize that the oceans are among the last places on Earth to be explored, with 95 percent yet undiscovered. We work to identify unique and important places that are in need of full protection.
The Marine Conservation Institute along with the Waitt Foundation developed this interactive tool at www.mpatlas.org to help people visualize these places along with the worldwide marine protected areas (MPA). This map provides information on over 8000 MPAs worldwide, drawing on datasets from the World Database on Protected Areas, US MPA Center, along with other countries and regional-level data authorities, as well as research conducted from the Marine Conservation Institute. You will recognize that only 1.2 percent of the world’s marine areas are protected!
As you can see, the fact is that in the 21st century huge areas of the sea have rarely been explored. We know much more about the topography of the moon and Mars than of the Earth’s seafloor. Government authorities, just like most people, know less about the oceans than the land, and not knowing enough can lead to bad decisions. That’s the reason why we focus on helping to educate the public and decision-makers about ocean ecosystems.
The I Love the Planet cooperates with other scientists and organizations, and works closely with all those who use the ocean to identify the uncharted areas of the oceans, hoping to contribute beneficially to solving other problems and issues around the world.
If you wish to learn more about Marine Protected Areas, you can read additional information here.